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COWAN, Frank Kirby

Name: Frank Kirby COWAN

Born 9 November 1922

Birthplace: Harrison, Arizona

Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 21

Died 23 December 2009 in Harrison, Arizona, age 87

Service: USAAF

Service ID: 38444832

Service Rank: Tech Sergeant

Duties: Radioman/engineer

Air Group: 8th Air Force, 96th Bomb Group, 339th Bomb Squadron

Airbase: Snetherton Heath, Norfolk UK

Aircraft: B-17G 42-102552

Date shot down: 22 June 1944

Fate of crew: 7 KIA, 2 captured immediately, 1 evaded, later captured (Cowan).

Evasion summary: Routed to Prevost in Paris, betrayed by Desoubrie and Orsini.

Date captured: 8 July 1944

Capture summary: Arrested with CARTER-EDWARDS, STEWART, CROUCH, and an RAAF airman at a Paris road block.

Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2

Buchenwald ID: 78271

Notes on Buchenwald internment:

Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, Center Compound

Kriege ID: 8166

Notes on SLIII internment:

Subsequent transfer to: Stalag Luft I [not confirmed]

Notes on internment:

Liberation: 1 May 1945 by American forces.

Repatriation from ETO:


VA status:

Notes on Post-War period:

COWAN, Frank Kirby


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